Sunday, April 3, marks the 64th annual Grammy Awards, and singer, songwriter and Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste tops the pack with 11 nominations, bringing his lifetime total to 14. The ceremony will see many other artists add to their already impressive nomination count, with Justin Bieber hitting 22 and Lady Gaga reaching 34. Jay-Z’s three nominations, meanwhile, have helped him achieve an astonishing feat: He has now surpassed Paul McCartney and Quincy Jones as the most-nominated artist of all time, with 83 under his belt. Even more astonishing: That’s 83 more nominations than such music legends as Bob Marley, the Velvet Underground and the Ramones ever received in their entire careers.
Ready for additional head-scratchers? These nine singers and bands have surprisingly never received a single nomination from the Recording Academy.
Worst Grammys snub: “You Really Got Me” for record of the year
Liner notes: While they never quite achieved the fame of other 1960s British bands, like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Kinks churned out hit after hit after hit in their 30-plus years together: “You Really Got Me,” “Come Dancing,” “All Day and All of the Night,” “Lola,” “Waterloo Sunset” and more. The Recording Academy never gave them their due, but the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame did induct the band in 1990, their first year of eligibility.
Listen here: The Kinks on Spotify
Worst Grammys snub: “Crazy” for song of the year
Liner notes: The country legend never received any love from the Grammys before her untimely death in a 1963 plane crash, though the Recording Academy has tried to make it right in the decades since: Cline received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, and her songs “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy” were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Listen here: Patsy Cline on Spotify
Worst Grammys snub: “I Wanna Be Sedated” for best rock song